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How Does the Hidden Partition or Lack of One in W7 Affect Imaging

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When you first install Windows 7 sometimes it creates a second small partition of about 100 MB for recovery. It is possible to install Windows 7 with or without this additional partition. I am wondering how this partition or lack of partition would affect imaging programs such as Ghost or True Image. When I get a new hard drive I have always been able to take an old image and put it on the new drive without a problem. But yesterday I tried to do that and it didn't work. The drive was not new, however. It had another install of Windows 7 on it. Am I correct that the imaging did not work because this hard drive was different than the source hard drive as far as the number of partitions? Or do you know why my “very reliable†imaging program did not work in this one circumstance?

I guess I would need to use some other disk copy software instead of an image. I know there is one in Ghost but I have never needed to use it. Will that work regardless of the partitions on the drive?

I will be installing windows 7 again on a new hard drive and I think I will install it with just one partition. Do you have an opinion on that?

Thanks for your help. Kent
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I am not familiar with any of the programs you mentioned, as I am not a fan of making backups. I will however do my best to try and explain to you the function of the 'hidden' partition.

When making a backup, the program makes a snapshot of the current state of your files, allowing you to edit these files whilst not corrupting the backup. When you create a backup but lack this partition, the slightest change of files might corrupt the entire backup.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks RolandVet. I guess I should reconsider a partition then when I install W7.
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In Acronis True Image, when you select the disk, instead of a partition, the image includes the reserved partition, usefull to do a full disk restore, or migrate to another disk.
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Thanks OldMX. I'll have to look through Ghost to see if it has options like that.
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